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News – Aussies go to the polls

December 2007

Aussies go to the polls

Churchgoers in Australia are beginning to flex their political muscle in much the same way as the ‘religious right’ in the USA has done for some years. Christian lobby groups and church leaders have stirred up conservative voters on moral issues during campaigning for the country’s general election at the end of November.

Almost half of Australia’s 21 million people are either Catholics or Anglicans, and independent Christian groups have been enjoying numerical growth in recent years. In 2004 the ‘Family First’ party, backed by Pentecostal churches, won an upper house Senate seat.